DALE COUNTY ALABAMA

WINDHAM CEMETERY
Partial Listing

Source: Charles Loeffler Junction, TX
The following Cemetery Survey is a RECONSTRUCTION from a September 23, 1914 article from Ozark, Dale County Alabama "Southern Star". (See Article below the listing) Please help flesh it out by contributing what you know about each person buried here.

Location: Dale County Alabama

ALBRITTON, Bank who was the son of Mrs. Daniel Judah by first husband
ANDREWS, child of Bud Andrews
ANDREWS, Daniel
ANDREWS, J. E. (Private, Company "D" 57th Alabama Infantry Regiment CSA) John Elisha Andrews born January 6, 1846 in Dale County Alabama and died June 08, 1912  in Dale County Alabama; the son of Elisha Andrews and Mary Jane Johnson.  Enlisted October 13, 1863 at Pallard, Alabama; Discharged March 1865 at Montgomery, Alabama. [Source: Angela Andrews Pifer]
ANDREWS, Mary Jane (Johnson)  was born in 1815 in Georgia, was still living in 1880 census; wife of Elisha Andrews. [Source: Angela Andrews Pifer]
ANDREWS, Wife of Bud Andrews
ANDREWS, Tommie - Thomas Andrews was born about 1770 {Cheraw Dist) Darlington County, South Carolina, and died January 1, 1845, in Dale County Alabama. He was son of Thomas and Elizabeth Andrews of the Carolina's. (Article quote: Before his death grand daddy Tommie Andrews expressed his wish that no one should be buried east of him when he died. This wish has always been respected, and his grave and that of his wife, side by side, are situated at the northeast corner of the grave yard and stand alone to the east of all the rest.) [Source: Angela Andrews Pifer]
ANDREWS, Zilpha Bartlett was born abt 1775.  Possibly in SC.  Death date unknown; wife of Tommie Andrews. [Source: Angela Andrews Pifer]
BARNES, a man who lived near Whaley's mill
BARTLETT, Thomas (Article quote: child of Loraine Wilson) Thomas Bartlett was brother to Zilpha, he was not a child of Loraine Wilson. Both Thomas and Zilpha were Native American Indian. Do not know when Thomas was born but he was older than Zilpha. [Source: Angela Andrews Pifer]
DAVIS, child of Jeff Davis
DAVIS, child of Jeff Davis
DAVIS, Frank
DAVIS, child of Frank Davis
DICK, Eliza (African American)
DICK, Annie child of Eliza Dick (African American)
EDWARDS, Jack
EDWARDS, Emma the wife of Jack Edwards
GARDNER, Mr., a Royal Arch Mason
HALLFORD, child of Burrell Hallford
HART, child of William Hart
HART, child of William Hart
ISAAC, who belonged to Thomas G. Blackman (African American)
JOHNSON, Cynthia unmarried sister of Elisha Andrews
JUDAH, wife of Daniel Judah
MIMS, Child of Nathan Mims
MIMS, child of Isaac Mims
MIMS, child of Isaac Mims
MIMS, Nancy wife of John Mims
MIMS, John
MIMS, Isaac son of John Mims
MIMS, Polly wife of John Mims
WINDHAM, John was first buried
WINDHAM, wife of John Windham was buried on the north side of his grave. Rachel Windham, wife of John Windham deceased, died on the July 15, 1858, at the residence of Elijah Reynolds, Esq, near Newton, Dale County, Alabama. She was born in Darlington District, South Carolina on November 22, 1764, where she grew up amid the scenes of the Revolutionary War, married raised a family…..[Source: J. S. Sappington - Southern Christian Advocate, issue of August 5, 1858]
WINDHAM, Mary Ann Peacock born abt 1826 - died May 31, 1853 [the first wife of Thomas Windham married May 1, 1844 the daughter of Nancy and Pearson Peacock] Source: Mary Ann Peacock on page 153 of Dale County Kin by Lydia Hughes Grimes.
WINDHAM, Thomas Banks - August 24, 1823 - d. March 18, 1892
WINDHAM, Child of Daniel Windham
WINDHAM, child of Jim Windham who is buried at Ozark
WINDHAM, Jane [second wife of Thomas Windham]
WINDHAM, child of Thomas Windham by first wife
and a few other white people.

When Mr. E. H. Hayes surveyed the Old Windham Cemetery in 1948, there were only the two graves visible marked with tombstones. Those of John E. Andrews and Thomas Windham. There are many more early settlers of that part of Dale County buried in what are now unmarked graves. I have a copy of the article from the "Southern Star" of Ozark, Alabama for September 23, 1914 on the subject of the Windham Graveyard. This is very informative and interesting, giving some history of the area. I am going to retype below three of the paragraphs from the 1914 article. "Mrs. Tom Willis, only daughter of Elisha Andrews, now seventy years old has spent her entire life in about a half mile of this graveyard and has noticed each internment. She gives me the following account of the location of the graves of each one. I might remark that the graveyard is greatly neglected and fire has been run through it to burn out such things as would burn. Also I may say that many of the graves have a species of the palmetto planted about them.

"John Windham was first buried and then his wife was buried on the north side of his grave. Just south of him sleeps the first wife , Mary Ann Peacock of Thomas Windham. South of her lies the remains of Thomas Banks Windham. Then comes in the order named beginning at the north: Daniel Andrews, Mary Jane (Johnson) wife of Elisha Andrews, unmarried sister Cynthia Johnson, Jack Edwards, his wife Emma Edwards, Bud Andrews wife, child of Bud Andrews, and outside the wire in row, J. E. Andrews, child of Elisha Andrews. Next row of graves west of this beginning at the north end: Child of Nathan Mims, two children of Isaac Mims, wife of John Mims whose name was Nancy, John Mims, Isaac Mims, son of John Mims, Polly Mims, his wife. Child of Daniel Windham, child of Jim Windham who is buried at Ozark, wife of Daniel Judah, Bank Albritton who was the son of Mrs. Daniel Judah by first husband, two children of William Hart, Thomas Bartlett, child of Loraine Wilson, a man named Barnes who lived near Whaley's mill, two children of Jeff Davis, Frank Davis and one child, Mr. Gardner, a royal arch Mason, child of Burrell Hallford, Jane second wife of Thomas Windham, child of Thomas Windham by first wife, and a few other white people. The negroes are Isaac who belonged to Thomas G. Blackman, Eliza Dick and a child of Annie Dick. Before his death grand daddy Tommie Andrews expressed his wish that no one should be buried east of him when he died. This wish has always been respected, and his grave and that of his wife, side by side, are situated at the northeast corner of the grave yard and stand alone to the east of all the rest."

I should say that nowadays the Windham Graveyard is very difficult to find. With a lot of effort I found it on one of my trips to Dale County in 1999. There are no signs pointing it out, the area is all grown up in trees and brush, the two existing gravestones are not visible unless you stumble upon them. Harry Windham has also visited this graveyard recently and we wonder if something can be done to protect it. What a shame for such neglect. Charles Loeffler

Back to the Cemetery Index

This Page was Created June 2008 | Last Modified Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 21:22:30 EST